Synopses & Reviews
Ask a kid a question, and you never know what will tumble out. Here, from bestselling author and brilliant child-at-heart Suzy Becker, is a marvelously interactive way to involve kids in the challenges of life, from what to do about the ozone layer to how to mend a broken heart. Surprising, imaginative, funny, wise, The Kids Make It Better Book
is a pure delight, combining a "kids say the darndest things" and Children's Letters to God
humor with a greater goal: that of teaching kids the value of being engaged.
Each "problem" begins with a spread that asks a question and gives one or more solutions from children--illustrated in whimsical full-color drawings by the author. Then the reader is presented with two pages of fill-ins, prompts, and a space to draw his or her own ideas. How do you fix a bad economy? "The government should have a bake sale," says Jennifer, age 9. What would you do to improve schools? "Put chocolate milk in the water fountain."--Robert, age 8. What can we do to take better care of our water? "Have scientists make fish that love to eat tons of pollution."--Jackie, age 9. And finally, a question on the nature of helping itself: The biggest challenge of all might be getting people up off their couches to do something. Any ideas? "Put spikes on the couches"--Micah, age 10.
From a bestselling author comes an interactive way to involve kids in the challenges of life. The reader is presented with two pages of fill-ins, prompts, and a space to draw his or her own ideas. Full color. Consumable.
What's Your Solution?
"Chocolate milk in the water fountains." That's how Robert, age 8, answered the question "What would you do to improve schools?" Now it's your turn: What would you do? Here is an inspiring call to action--the whimsical wisdom of kids combined with an interactive journal. Plus a step-by-step plan for bringing your Make-It-Better ideas to life.
What can we do to clean up our air? Johanna, age 8, has a terrific solution: "Have all the people get a hose and wash the pollution away. It might make a rainbow." What's your terrific solution?
From helping the environment to how to stop nail-biting, the world needs your ideas. Yes, kids can!
About the Author
Suzy Becker is an author, artist, and entrepreneur, a former White House Fellow (the Clinton administration), a Bunting Fellow at Radcliffe College, a winner of the Anti-Defamation League's "A World of Difference" award, and the founder of Ride FAR (Ride for AIDS Resources). Her books include the #1 New York Times
bestseller All I Need to Know I Learned from My Cat
, I Had Brain Surgery, What's Your Excuse?
, and My Dog's the World's Best Dog
. She lives with her family in central Massachusetts.